AQA GCSE Biology

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4.1.5 Uses of Glucose from Photosynthesis

Uses of Glucose

  • The glucose produced in photosynthesis may be:
    • Used for respiration (both aerobic and anaerobic)
    • Converted into insoluble starch for storage in the stems, leaves and roots
    • Used to produce fat or oil for storage (especially in seeds)
    • Used to produce cellulose, which strengthens the cell wall
    • Combined with nitrate ions absorbed from the soil to produce amino acids for protein synthesis

The fate of glucose, IGCSE & GCSE Biology revision notes

The fate of glucose

  • A test to show that a plant is photosynthesising is to test the leaf for the presence of starch using iodine
  • This can be used to show the effect of light on photosynthesis


Testing a variegated leaf for starch, IGCSE & GCSE Biology revision notes

Starch testing of leaves shows that photosynthesis has been taking place

Exam Tip

Remember that plants always respire to release energy – but they only photosynthesise during the day if conditions are right.

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